The Brunel Engine House
In The Heart Of Historic Rotherhithe

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The Engine House

The engine house originally contained the steam driven pumps used to keep the Thames Tunnel clear of water. As you will see The Thames Tunnel became what is now the East London Line, part of the London Underground network. Today it houses the exhibition explaining the birth of modern tunneling in Rotherhithe and the impact Marc & Isambard Kingdom Brunel had on Civil Engineering.

The Engine House is a striking piece of 19th Century architecture.  It is a listed red brick building, elegant but simple. It was designed by Sir Marc Brunel to contain the steam engines which drained the celebrated Thames Tunnel.

A roofless ruin until 1975, the Engine House has been rescued and registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is now an International Landmark Site and an independent museum illustrating the story of the Thames Tunnel which today carries the East London Line from Rotherhithe under the Thames to Wapping on the North Bank. The Museum is managed by the Brunel Exhibition Rotherhithe. The high chimney has been restored by the Trust.


The Engine House and Shaft with
Rotherhithe Station at the top of the picture